Inspired to Just Do Good!

“I have spent nearly 200 days in hospital. (almost 100 days in 2007 alone.) During this time; I was sick, misdiagnosed, operated on, had IV drips 24/7, and at stages was offered no hope or cure. I used visualisation, optimism and my passion for the ocean and life to overcome, survive and get out of hospital. I was lucky, I had something to live for! “ My Full Story here: ALL-HEART

In April 2016, as a middle aged, multiple cardiac surgery survivor, on the blood thinner warfarin, I sailed a tiny children’s Optimist dinghy over 200 Km in the open ocean. This represented each day I had  spent in hospital. My aim was to show people that small people can do big things.  We inspired patients,  kids and others to never ever give up, and we raised R300 000 for The New ICU at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.   Be a part of the journey and watch the trailer– HERE

Mission: To inspire many, raise funds for those in need, and to just Do Good!

Painting the Red Cross Children's Hospital

The painting of the facade of the Red Cross Children's Hospital is complete! Take a look at the behind the scenes footage of what went into this project and how the public came together to make this happen. A huge thanks to our Trust Ambassador Greg Bertish and all the sponsors that came on board, to make this project such a great success.

Posted by Children's Hospital Trust on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Optimist (noun): definition = An optimist is a person who engages in positive thinking, or “looking on the bright side” of things. Optimism is the outlook that good things will happen, even if the situation may not appear totally positive at the moment.

An Optimist Dinghy: definition = The Optimist is a small (8 foot by 3.5 foot), single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. The Optimist (Opi) is known as a small Childs sailing dinghy, a bit of toy rather than a yacht. 

I want to use this Little Optimist children’s sailing dinghy as a metaphor and a vehicle to connect with kids, to promote positive thinking and belief, and to create a passion and purpose to overcome obstacles in life.

Through my work with children and The Children’s Hospital Trust, I have seen that many sick and scared kids (and everyday people)  have very little to fight and live for. They have no passion and no desire to get well and leave hospital, or even just to lead an inspired life.  As a child, I lacked confidence, had bad acne, was a poor student and  was bullied. Using my life changing experiences and adventures and with the backing of Warwick Wealth, I aim to inspire these kids to survive and thrive.  


Live video of the Little Optimist @ the Volvo Ocean Race
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Growing Minds Learning & Therapy Center 07/12/17

HI Greg, I wanted to send a huge thank you once again for taking the time to visit us this week.  Our children were so thrilled and I had lots of very positive feedback from the parents.  As promised, I will do what I can to encourage our parents as well as others...
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Sharing your voice 07/12/17

Hi Greg Thank you for signing the book I bought from you yesterday. I have attached a picture of Ryan with his book. Today has been his best day since he was admitted! He has had less pain and sat in the chair to eat. Your message and story rang all his bells and he...
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Springfield Junior School Talk 24/11/17

The little Optimist , Greg Bertish and Karen Slater of Sailing SA  visit Springfield Junior school. It’s all about finding and following your passion.  This week it was about introducing the kids to sailing and teaching them that little people can do big things if...
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4th NOVEMBER – PADDLE 4 PRESENTS – Were you there? If not you, missed a great SUP day out

PADDLE 4 PRESENTS got the day off to a nice start collecting a big pile of presents for charity. If you missed the opportunity to brighten up a less fortunate child's Christmas you can support The Little Optimist Trust by going to and buy a...
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Forres Pre Primary Awards Evening

Dear Greg,   Thank you so much for a wonderful celebration evening message. You were by far the best speaker that we have had. It is not always easy to talk to a room of children and parents and be able to keep everyone interested and entertained, but you managed...
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Testimonial from the SABEX Chairman

What the Chairman had to say; Dear Greg, Many thanks for giving up your valuable time to address the VIP Boat Show function. Your presentation was mindblowing, without a doubt. Hugely inspirational and as a sailor addressing a room full of professional sailors and...
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PADDLE4PRESENTS Saturday 4/11 (Gauteng)

Hi Guys & Gals,   4th NOVEMBER - PADDLE 4 PRESENTS – were you there, if not you missed a great SUP day out.   PADDLE 4 PRESENTS got the day off to a nice start collecting a pile of presents for charity. If you missed the opportunity to brighten up some...
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OPTIMIST Book Reaches Australia

Hi Greg, Just thought I'd send a message of thanks and congratulations on the Little Optimist book. (I've met your brother Conn through work and my wife teaches at Cannons Creek, although in a grade lower than Finn. I've sent a copy to my cousin's son in Australia -...
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“A visit from the remarkable author of “The Little Optimist”! – Hout Bay International School

11th September 2017 - Hout Bay International School Greg Bertish was the Primary School’s special guest at Monday’s Assembly. His messages to our children were “never, ever give up” and “stay positive”!  Listening to the extremely trying times he had with his heart...
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